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5 Times I disagreed with the Fortnite competitive community

The Fortnite competitive community speaks with the loudest voice in the game, but that doesn’t mean their takes are unanimous. Here are five times I disagreed with the mainstream Fortnite competitive opinions.

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The Fortnite competitive community speaks with the loudest voice in the game, but that doesn’t mean their takes are unanimous. Here are five times I disagreed with the mainstream Fortnite competitive opinions.

Hello! I’m Jimmy, the newest edition to the Fortnite Intel team. I figured I’d get things started with a few hot takes about the game we all love – and sometimes love to hate.

A little about my history with Fortnite: I’m a day-one Xbox player. My buddy and I were so enamored by PUBG that we couldn’t wait for it to come to console. We were counting the days when this new free-to-play Battle Royale came out called Fortnite. Since PUBG was still months away from making its console debut, we loaded in and tried it out.

I was hooked after one game and have been playing ever since. I took a few breaks for Blackout, Apex, and my annual love-hate relationship with Madden, but all roads lead back to Fortnite.

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I’ve played Fortnite for longer than I’ve played any other game. I hate it sometimes just like everyone else, but no other game can provide the consistent satisfaction that Fortnite has.

Now, onto my hot takes. I’m not a competitive player. I climb in Arena until I hit Champion’s League and then stop playing. My K/D is pedestrian and I still have problems with consistently hitting my 90’s. 

I’d classify myself as an average hardcore player. I’m far better than “casuals” but will get bodied by people who practice more than I do. I’m an evening warrior, just like a lot of other players who have stuck with the game for as long as I have.

The loudest voice in any game is always going to be the competitive community. They care the most, post the most, complain the most, and play the most. Streamers and posters on the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit largely speak for the rest of the community, which is usually a good thing.

Sometimes, though, there is a disconnect between the loudest voices in the game and what’s actually happening. This has never been more evident than the return of the Drum Gun.

If you visited the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit, you’d think that everyone hated the weapon. Why, then, did it win the popular vote during the Unvaulting Event? It’s because the competitive community doesn’t speak for everyone. They might be out of touch with what the rest of the “pub players” actually enjoy.

With that in mind, here are five times I’ve disagreed with the general consensus of the Fortnite competitive community.

The Combat Shotgun

The Combat Shotgun (Epic Games)

This is probably going to be a controversial one: I miss the Combat Shotgun.

The competitive community hated the Combat Shotgun when it was in the game – at least based on the opinions of many Fortnite pros and frequent posters to the r/FortniteCompetitive subreddit.

Competitive players complained that the Combat decreased the skill gap. The lighting-fast rate-of-fire limited the effectiveness of things like edit switching, blocking, and even the ability to consistently hit your shots.

The Combat was the best-in-slot shotgun by a mile. Sure, the Pump could one-shot, but that didn’t matter much when an opponent with a Combat could get three or four shots off by the time you were ready to take your second.

I recognize all of this, and I still loved it. The Combat was just fun to use. As much as I dislike Desert Zone wars, it makes me miss the Combat even more.

I recognize the downsides of the weapon and agree that it was overpowered. That doesn’t mean I don’t want to use it again.

Skill-Based Matchmaking

When Epic first announced skill-based matchmaking (SBMM), I was all for it. It would give skilled players more competition and limit Epic’s incentive to add overpowered noob-machines like the BRUTE.

Good players would match with one another and bad players could get better with their bot-filled lobbies. It’s a win-win, right?

Well, after a week or so of SBMM, I’m ready to say that I don’t like it. I see why it was implemented and agree that it might be the lesser of two evils, but I think it’s bad for the long-term success of the game.

I’m far from a Fortnite God. I still Harry Potter myself on 90’s and miss wide-open sniper shots. Still, I’m in the top 0.8% of wins on Fortnite, top 6% in K/D, top 2.2% in win ratio, and top 3.6% in kills. You can take a look at my stats here – I’m an open book.

There are a lot of people above me in skill, but even more below me. Epic has only implemented SBMM for Solos right now, and I can say that the game has gotten quite a bit harder for me. I’ll still outplay a few people in the lobby, but now I’m frequently running into someone who is far better than I am and dying.

Everyone likes dominating, and no one likes feeling like they’re far above their skill level. This may have been what a lot of below-average players were experiencing, but – in all honesty – I don’t think they care as much about winning as I do.

In Apex Legends – a game I play very casually – I don’t rage too hard when I die. I’m happy enough to queue into my next game and easily forget about the past.

In Fortnite, winning is everything. I don’t care if I have 20 kills; if I don’t win, I’m going to smack my desk. I think the SBMM system is going to turn some of the high and mid-tier players away from public Fortnite matches, which is bad for the long-term health of the game.

Apart from some streamers who can get stream sniped more easily with the new matchmaking system, the competitive community seems to be behind SBMM. Some agree that it’s just become Arena without siphon and points, but most of the competitive community seems to be behind the change. I don’t agree.

Frequent Changes

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Fortnite is an ever-evolving game, and Epic needs to make changes to keep players coming back. They have added hundreds of map locations, items, vehicles, and weapons to Fortnite since the game came out, and it’s what keeps bringing people in.

The best example of this, in my opinion, were the changes brought in by Season X. Competitive players disliked most of the adjustments made to the map this season. I wasn’t a huge fan of turning into a toilet in Moisty Palms or getting overwhelmed by zombies in Retail Row either, but I agree with the reason Epic is making these changes.

Over time, I grew to like hiding in plain sight. I enjoyed the Taco Time mechanic – especially once they reduced the duration.

Epic gets a lot of flack for changing things or adding new items rather than fixing bugs. This criticism is fair – as are the complaints about making game-changing moves before major tournaments.

Still, as a whole, Fortnite has the unique ability to evolve faster than almost any other game out there. I like that part about it.

The Heavy Sniper

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My take on the Heavy Sniper is very similar to my take on the Combat Shotgun. I like the weapon, and I think there’s a need for a gun that will one-shot structures.

Generally, snipers are considered a low-skill weapon in Fortnite. Pretty much everyone has been involved in a build battle, only to be sniped from 150 meters away by a kid hiding in a bush. It’s the worst, but it’s part of the game.

I do agree that the damage on the Heavy Sniper should be nerfed to under 150. You shouldn’t get one-shot by a Heavy Sniper bodyshot when you have 150 HP, but a lot of competitive players are calling for the Heavy Sniper to be vaulted.

I strongly disagree with this take, and I think the Heavy Sniper plays an essential role in Fortnite at all levels. Nerf the damage? Sure – but don’t remove it from the game.

Ballers

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I liked Ballers, especially in retrospect.

In Season 10, Ballers were replaced with the BRUTE – a vehicle that pretty much everyone hates. Sure, there were a few new players who could finally get some kills with the mech, but no one else thought it was good for the game.

The Ballers had their problems – particularly in pro-level play. They would dominate late-game rotations. If you had one, you could fly by opponents and laugh as they wasted their materials trying to tunnel.

The topic of Ballers highlights the true need for separate loot pools in Fortnite. Ballers weren’t an issue in public matches. They were phenomenal for rotation but didn’t have much of a use other than that. You wouldn’t see many players camping in a box with a baller in pubs.

The competitive community hated Ballers when they were in the game. Now that we’ve seen the mechs, though, I think even the loudest anti-Baller voices would rather revert back to the Season 9 meta.

So, there you have it: five topics with which I disagreed with the Fortnite competitive community. Of course, the community is not one voice, and many hardcore and competitive players likely agree with some of these points (especially on the topic of skill-based matchmaking).

Let me know what you think in the comments. More hot takes incoming, so get used to em!

Rumors

Why do fans think Fortnite X Thor is the next crossover?

The Avengers continue to invade Fortnite.

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Recently, rumors have been swirling that Thor will be coming to Fortnite as the next in-game crossover. No, we’re not talking about Relaxed Fit Jonesy, who bears a striking similarity to both Jeff “The Dude” Lebowski and Thor from Avengers: Endgame. We’re talking about the real deal.

Recent rumors of a Thor crossover began on July 4, when Epic released their trailer for Captain America. When Cap landed, there was a noticeable marking on the ground, behind him. This rune looked an awful lot like the mark that The Bifröst leaves behind when Thor enters a scene.

This is only a small detail from a Fortnite trailer – and doesn’t mean very much in isolation. More recently, however, we saw a few more leaks that point to Thor’s potential inclusion in Fortnite.

The first leak relates to The Bifröst and the markings you see, above. A new “HighTower” event has been found in the game files, which is meant to kick off with a growing rift in the sky and strange markings around the map. Like the Captain America trailer, these markings look a lot like something that The Bifröst would create.

This could be a coincidence – something that has more to do with the Fortnite story than a hint to a Thor crossover. It’s not the only clue that we have, however.

In v13.40, data miners also found mention of readable comic books coming to Fortnite. Hypex was able to match some of the blurry in-game images to a real-life Marvel comic. The subject of that comic? You guessed it: Thor.

When you combine all of this news with the recent announcement of the promotional deal with the Avengers video game, it seems all but certain that Thor will be coming to Fortnite.

This is everything we have, for now. It might not be concrete evidence, but these are some strong hints. Will Thor be the catalyst to usher-in Season 4? We don’t know, just yet, but it’s safe to assume that he’ll be the Season 4 “secret” skin, at the very least.

Marvel fans will be happy to see Thor come to Fortnite – he was one of the core Avengers who was missing during the original Marvel crossovers. Classic Fortnite fans may be a bit disappointed, but additions like this one show how much Fortnite has grown. This is a shared universe where all of our favorite characters can come to play. We’re excited to see where Epic take this.

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Limited Time Modes

Fortnite leaks point to the return of Getaway LTM & more

Fan-favorite Fortnite LTMs from Chapter 1 are rolling back in!

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The Fortnite LTM rotation was the subject of some harsh criticism for the first two seasons of Chapter 2. LTMs were virtually nonexistent for months. Epic tried something new with the Spy Games modes in Season 2, but fans never took to them as they did to some of the older game modes.

When Epic announced the Summer Smash event, however, they told players that LTMs would be returning. Most of these modes were smash-hits – particularly, the Unvaulted LTM, which reminded players how fun these silly items and weapons are to use.

There are still some unique LTMs missing from the lineup. Fan-favorites like ‘Floor is Lava’ and ‘Getaway’ were never added to Fortnite Chapter 2. Well, that may change in the near future.

Fortnite data miner, VastBlast, found threads of several LTMs that received hotfixes in the live Fortnite client. These LTMs include a couple of new modes like ‘Rags to Riches’ and ‘Tank Battle’ along with one of the most beloved Fortnite LTM in existence: ‘The Getaway.’

We don’t know when any of these LTMs are coming to Fortnite – if at all. At the same time, any change to these modes signifies that they’re probably returning soon. We could be seeing The Getaway come back to Fortnite for the first time since Chapter 1 Season 8.

Fans were delighted to hear that ‘The Getaway’ could be coming back. It’s one of the only unique Fortnite modes that doesn’t seem isolated to Chapter 1. We may never see games like ‘Air Royale’ or ‘Floor is Lava’ again, but there doesn’t seem to be any reason that Epic can’t release ‘The Getaway.’

We’ll keep you posted when we learn more about the release date of this long-awaited LTM. Follow us on Twitter @FortniteINTEL so you don’t miss out on any Fortnite news.

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Esports

Longtime Fortnite pro Saf signs with TSM

TSM announces their newest signing: Fortnite pro, Rocco ‘Saf’ Morales.

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The Fortnite signings don’t appear to be slowing down anytime soon. The past month has seen some of the biggest names in Fortnite scooped-up left and right. Luminosity had a massive signing day, Clix and Ronaldo signed to NRG, and Bucke, Clalc, and HazThaGreat signed with BBG.

Today, August 10, TSM announced the newest member of their team: former Ghost member, Rocco ‘Saf’ Morales. The organization and Saf, himself, announced the signing with a Tweet and a video.

Saf joins ZexRow. Commandment, Reverse2k, and Mackwood on the competitive Fortnite TSM roster. TSM doesn’t have the largest roster in the game, but they have a collective of players who are always in the hunt to win any given tournament.

Unlike a lot of other pro players in the Fortnite community, Saf has been near the top for a long time. He and Zayt are one of – if not the – only duos left from the World Cup days, and both of them had been in the scene before that.

The continuous signings of Fortnite pros from tier-one organizations show that Fortnite – and the competitive scene – is alive and well. These organizations and players are in it for the long-haul. Fortnite isn’t going anywhere. Congrats to Safaroonie.

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